26 July 2020

Pilot Flat-Tops

On a previous Chronicle we saw how the Pilot 70 “Vest Type” pen had its successor on the short lived Custom 72—a flat-top pen with a size 10 nib.

Pilot 70 (on top) and Pilot Custom 72.

But even thought the Custom 72 was short lived, the flat-top style has survived over the years as a canvas for special and commemorative editions and high end series of pens. On the picture we can see three commemorative pens—the Heisei pen of 1989, the Niô (or Nioh) pen of the 88th anniversary of Pilot (2006), and the Toki pen of the 90th anniversary (2008).

From top to bottom, Pilot Heisei (1989), Pilot Niô (2006), and Pilot Toki (2008).

This type of pen seems reserved for urushi and related fomrs of decoration in th catalog of Pilot (Ishime, Hannya Shingyô, Zodiac series), and of Namiki (Chinkin #10 series), plus some oroginal pens in very short editions made for Maruzen in 2017 and 2018. As long as I know, all these pens sport 18 K gold nibs.

In 2009, Pilot created a new line of flat-tops. They were generically named Custom Heritage, with models 91, 912, and 92. Of those, only the Custom Heritage 912 implemented a size 10 nib (14 K). There was a precedent to these pens in the model Pilot had made for Maruzen around 2004—the Athena Basic Line.

From top to bottom on both pictures, Pilot Custom Heritage 912, Athena Basic Line, and Custom Heritage 92.

These flat-top pens have different structure when compared to the Pilot 70 and close relatives. Custom Heritage pens are closer to regular torpedo-shape Custom pen. They are torpedoes with flat ends instead of domes.

Pilot Capless LS – Pilot Iroshizuku Yama-budo

Bruno Taut
Nakano, July 26th, 2020
etiquetas: Pilot


Scott in GA said...

There is also a 1992 Custom 74 special edition with a flat top. Unless I have been duped, I have one heading my way.

Bruno Taut said...

There was a flat-top Custom 74 made for shareholders of Pilot in 1993. I have mentioned it on these pages: https://estilofilos.blogspot.com/2018/02/an-unusual-flat-top.html.

And apparently, there was another version of it in 2008 or 2009 according to one of the commentators to that post.

Congratulations--these are rare pens that were never in the Pilot catalog.



Scott in GA said...

Nice, I've seen the nib as a 92 model on one, but that's of course not the best indicator of the actual release. Thanks.

Bruno Taut said...

Scott in GA,

The shareholder pen of 1993 had a Coarse nib (C). Being released (or distributed) among shareholders in 1993 means that it had to be made earlier--like in 1992.

The edition of 2008 or 2009 had an M nib, apparently.

These flat-top Custom 74 were not for sale.



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